Originally Posted by MsBlack
And sometimes I don't want to have 'midwife' in my title at all....so much politics around the word, you know....I just wanna be 'with woman/wise woman'
:D "WomanWise" is actually the name of my MW's business! She even has a beautiful logo of a woman sitting cross-legged, with her arms cradling the belly area - which looks like a beautiful sea-shell. She sells baby T-shirts that say "Born at home" with the logo. Can't wait to buy one -- AFTER I have my HB, ha, maybe that's a little superstition on my part, but it would hurt to already own the shirt if I had to transfer, so I won't make the purchase in advance. I'll have to remember to ask her to bring one along to my 24-hour in-home PP visit.
As I said, to me, "traditional midwifery" is a very positive thing and clearly connotes the difference between the medical model. I would imagine many other women who are "in the know" about how medicalized birth is a bad thing might also be aware of the fact that "traditional midwifery" usually means a lot of good things. The problem is just that those who are not "in the know" about it might - again - hear the phrase & picture the incense burning type of nonsense. Which is why I'm thinking it's better avoided.
But I daresay I spend way too much time thinking about "selling" mainstream people on the more natural model. It absolutely infuriates and saddens me how modern American maternity care abuses women & babies and I wish everyone KNEW THE TRUTH. :( So anything that might act as a barrier to the spreading of the truth - such as terms that might reinforce a prevailing belief that all midwives are incapable of using modern medicine to manage emergencies- strikes me as a bad thing.